When you think about writers, how often to you think of them being readers as well? Well, are they? Are you?
I believe every writer needs to be a reader just as every human needs oxygen. And when I say reader, I don’t necessarily mean book reader, but more as reader of ideas. Therefore if you read blogs, news articles, emails or whatever, you are a reader!
There are debates regarding how much a writer should read, mainly because this could end up to copying ideas and styles, especially when it comes to reading your favorites. However, I believe this is not that true.
1) Every writer needs new ideas
Yes, maybe we do sometimes, unconsciously, pick up an idea or two, but only to blend it in into our own ideas and transform it into something else. The same way flour can be transformed into both bread and bagels, an idea can exist in multiple shapes and sizes and in the right mind, it can become something even greater than before.
2) Every writer needs a rich vocabulary
How on earth can a writer enrich his/hers own calendar if not through reading other pieces? I mean, yes, we could read a dictionary end-to-end, but without the context to use those words, we could end up only with having a bigger head (and some headaches), with little to zero ability to use those words.
3) Every writer needs to get in contact with different styles
This is somehow similar with the topic related to ideas. As readers, we see other people’s pieces, right? Well, those pieces are written in different ways and since every writer wants to become better, she/he can evolve the personal style by including something she/he sees and likes.
If you think about it, this is exactly how every language on earth evolved in time to get to the form they are right now, so we can safely say that through reading, a writer makes an own personal language.
In your opinion, should a writer be a reader? What makes you think so?